10 Secrets of Enjoying Sound Health
By Segun Olumide
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Faith is also defined as trust, reliance, dependence or leaning on God. Without faith or trust in God, you can’t please him (Hebrews 11:6).
Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
3. Good Nutrition
It is written of Elijah in 1 KINGS 19:5-8 (ASV) And he lay down and slept under a juniper-tree; and, behold, an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was at his head a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of Jehovah came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
Also Elijah needed to rest for health reasons because the best medicine for burn-out or exhaustion is enough rest accompanied by a good diet (see 1 Kings 19:5-8).
6. Merry Heart
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken…
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
Deuteronomy 28:47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
28:48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
[Please read James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7, John 16:33, Matthew 5:10-12.]
7. Hearty Laughter
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: … 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Laughter is medicine. My pastor in those days told us of a guy who perhaps had a terrible or incurable ailment or disease.
He didn’t give up or commit suicide. Rather he went and watched one or more funny movies alone which really made him laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh … until he laughed away his sickness or disease!
Friend, I wish you will just take some moments right now and just laugh and laugh and laugh. Try and do that daily. You may watch clean comedies or listen to some funny stuffs that make you laugh off your stress and distress.
God laughs, too (Psalm 2:4).
8. Sound and Right Mind
Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
The Amplified Bible renders this verse as: A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
1 Peter 3:10 (AMP) For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good – whether apparent or not] … turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]
Also we should have the right mind or thinking that a Christian should not live a life of sickness because by His stripes or wounds we were healed!
You cannot think sickness or disease, and live in health.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …
9. Good Confession
Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
1 Peter 3:10 (AMP) For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good – whether apparent or not] , keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).
10. Spiritual Intimacy with God
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
As you draw near to God who is a consuming fire, and as you spend enough quality time with him daily in true worship, deep study of the word and so on, his strength is imparted to your spirit, soul and body. Also he consumes all roots and traces of diseases and sicknesses by the fire of his presence!
I pray that you may know this God intimately as a consuming fire in Jesus’ most precious name.
Segun Olumide and his wife, Tosin are founding ministers in the New Apostolic Movement and the Glorious Family Church International both in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a divine mandate to align the Church with God’s purpose.
He can be reached at: [email protected]